By AOMEI / Last Updated October 25, 2019

Why Clone Windows 7 to New Hard Drive?

As time goes by, the problem of “low disk space” in system drive has become even more serious. Combined with the installation of many newly released larger-sized applications, the storage capacity of the old hard drive can hardly meet the requirement of the users. Under this circumstance, users must come up with effective countermeasures. Or they would face the extremely low running speed of the computers. What's worse, the system would crash unexpectedly if the space is extremely low.

To fix the trouble covered before, a great solution is to clone Windows 7 disk to new larger hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD). That is to say, upgrade the old hard drive with a new one. Now keep reading to get the best disk cloning software to help you make it.

The Best Disk Cloning Software for Windows 7

In order to carry out hard drive cloning with ease, one reliable and powerful disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard is recommended.

  • The Disk Clone and Partition Clone feature can help you clone the entire hard or only selected partitions.

  • The advanced feature System Clone is built-in Professional edition which allows you to clone only the OS.

  • You can easily clone between HDD and SSD. It even enables you to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD as well.


Windows 7 hard drive cloning can be completed using Disk Clone function. It is free for commercial and personal use in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP. Now checking the next part to see how to clone Windows 7 to new hard drive.

How to Clone a Hard Drive in Windows 7 Step by Step

Insert your SSD into the drive bay and make sure it can be detected. If there is no extra room inside the laptop to install more disks, you may need a SATA to USB adaptor.

To clone Windows 7 to HDD/SSD, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Connect the new hard drive to your Windows 7 PC. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click Clone option and select Disk Clone.

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Disk Clone

Notes:

  • If you only want to clone Windows 7 system to HDD or SSD, you can uprgade to Professional version to make it.

  • If you want to clone only data partition like D or E drive on the hard drive, please give Partition Clone a shot.


Step 2: Select the current Windows 7 hard drive as the source disk. Click Next and then select the new hard drive as the destination disk.

Select Disk

Step 3: You can preview the Operation Summary. The entire hard drive will be cloned to new disk. To confirm the operation, click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Tips:

  • Sector by sector clone will clone all section including unused ones to new drive. This requires the target disk is equal to or larger than the source disk. If you keep this option unchecked, the software will clone only used part of the source disk, which is useful in cloning larger drive to smaller one.

  • Tick SSD Alignment if the target drive is SSD. It will help accelerate the reading and writing speed for the SSD


Step 4: Click Finish when the process is done. You can shut down your PC on completion and replace the old hard drive with the new one. If you keep both drives connected, please change the boot order to new HDD in BIOS and restart the PC.

Conclusion

It is not hard to clone Windows 7 hard drive to new drive, isn’t it? With clear operation prompts and wizards, AOMEI Backupper has been regarded as an all-in-one and easy-to-use cloning software to help you clone Windows 7 on both desktop and laptop.

Besides, it is not only one powerful disk cloning software but also a comprehensive PC backup utility. It offers System Backup, File Backup, Disk Backup, and Partition Backup. You can set scheduled backup task in Windows 7 to ensure your data safe all the time.